Orange Co. Fishing Report
Trout anglers up north are reporting hit-or-miss results using soft plastics, shrimp and topwaters under birds and around slicks.
Down south, night fishermen are boxing some keeper specks under the lights at the Causeway Pier, mostly on mullet and shrimp. The jetties are producing some quality fish, as well.
Lake Nac is at normal level and clear.Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bass are fair to three pounds on Carolina rig and drop shot rig finesse worms dragged on points with brush. A few fish taking plastics fished along outside grass lines. Try scaling back bait size and line size to draw more strikes. Night fishing is fair to good on dark spinners and 10 inch worms fished around grass.
Crappie are fair over deep brush piles using live shiners and jigs.
T-Bend is about 5 1/2 feet low and clear.Water temp is in the mid-80s.
Bass fishing has been fair. Several fish in the 6-12 pound range weighed during the McDonald's Big Bass Splash June 23-25. Fishing guide Tommy Martin said the better bass are coming on Texas and Carolina rig plastics worked in 8-12 feet of water.
Crappie are scattered. Persistent anglers can put together a decent mess keying on river bends in 12-20 feet of water. The fish are sus-pended 8-12 feet down and taking minnows and small jigs.
Catfishermen are taking good numbers of quality blues along river edges using shad heads on rod and reel. Cut bait is working best on trotlines. Several fish in the 40-50 pound range reported.
Sam Rayburn is a foot low and clear. Water temp is in mid-80s.
Ann Thomasson-Wilson at Ann's Tackle said bass fishing has been good to seven pounds on 10 inch worms and jigs fished along outside grass edges in 9-10 feet of water. Topwaters are producing some solid fish early and late, occasionally all day. Ribbit Frogs and Horny Toads are very strong over matted hydrilla and lily pads.
Crappie are excellent around deep brush in 18-25 feet of water. Live shiners and blue/ice Puddlejumper jigs are producing consistently good results.
Catfish are fair on cut shad and punch bait fished in 3-8 feet of water, mostly on points. Baited holes also are productive, but many of the fish are small.
Lake Palestine is about two feet low and falling. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Sandy Miller at Flat Creek Marina said catfishermen are reporting plenty of small channel cat on rod and reel baited with punch bait and night crawlers. Best depth is 8-15 feet.
Crappie are fair in stump fields in 10-15 feet of water. Man made brush piles have been extra productive.
White bass are fair down south using spoons and RatL-Traps on points. Black bass are fair to five pounds on Texas and Carolina rigs dragged on brushy points in 3-12 feet of water.
Lake Fork is about three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the mid-80s.
Bass are good to 11 pounds on blue-fleck Power Worms dragged on points, humps and roadbeds in 1825 feet of water. Yellow Magics, Pop-Rs and Zara Spooks are working well early and late, and at night. Best surface action is occurring around lily pads and hydrilla. A few anglers reporting solid fish on weightless worms and Flukes pitched to holes in the grass.
Crappie are good on minnows soaked next to bridge pilings and over deep brush piles.
Catfish are good to eight pounds on cut shad, punch bait and night crawlers.
Lake Athens is two feet low and clear.Water temp is in the mid-80s.
Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina said bass fishing has been good to five pounds on Texas rig plastics and frogs fished from the bank out to 12 feet. Bream are excellent on crickets and nightcrawlers.
Crappie are good on live shiners fished around deep brush. Best re-sults are coming at night.
RC is six feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Larry Winters at Midway Landing said white bass are excellent early and late. Anglers are collecting quick limits at first light using RatL-Traps.
Black bass are fair to four pounds. Best bite is shallow, 2-4 feet, on spinnerbaits and Texas rig plastics. The fish are relating predomi-nantly to stumps.
Crappie are good.Winters is seeing lots of limits in timber 15-25 feet deep; the fish are suspended 15-22 feet down.
Catfish are fair on rod and reel. Best results are coming on bottom in about 15 feet of water, mostly on punch bait.
Cedar Creek is 3 1/2 feet low and clear.Water temp is in the mid-80s.
Bass fishing has been slow, according to Mike Pannitti at Sunny Glen Marina. Anglers are reporting best results early and late using fast moving baits in shallow water. Topwater bite has been sporadic.
Crappie fishing is slow. White bass and hybrids are
excellent on slabs and Little George's fished on points. Catfish fish are good on live and punch bait fished in 1014 feet of water.
Lake Murvaul is at normal level and clear.Water temp is in the mid-80s.
Jayda Depenbrock at Murvaul Marina said bass fishing has been good to three pounds on spinnerbaits worked in 2-6 feet of water.A few fish also taking Texas rigs worked along creek bends and next to deeper boat docks Crappie are good. Several
limits reported on live shiners fished in 14 feet water, mostly around man made brush piles.
Channel cat are good on punch bait and night crawlers. Depenbrock said most takers are ranging 1 1/2 to 2 pounds.
Lake Pinkston is at normal level and very clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Fishing guide Alan Spruiell said all fishing has been very slow. A few bass are beginning to school, but most are small.